Thursday, 4th May, 2017
With the recent arrival of visvim to the Apartment shelves, it seems only fitting to highlight what is arguably the most recognisable silhouette from the brand to date. The visvim FBT sneaker has made quite am impact on the streetwear community,ever since it’s first release as a part of founder, Hiroki Nakamura’s second collection in 2001. Nakamura regards footwear as a daily tool and for this reason, believes that quiality and performance are of the highest priority. It is this search for quality that remains the driving force behind visvim design.
Since the original Elk Leather model, the FBT has taken many forms, with variations in design details and materials. The current season offers a rough suede in both Black and Camel. The design takes inspiration for the Native American moccasin with a number of leather and suede details, most notably, the skirting that wraps around the ankle. The current iteration features a solid skirt with leather tie fastening and glass beading detail.
The FBT is known for it’s quality and individuality. This may be due to the contrast between the raw materials of the upper and the more contemporary sneaker sole. The shoe is set on a replaceable Vibram sole with brand detailing on the outer back half. In creating the concept for the FBT, Nakamura was determined to design a product that would fit his criteria of quality materials and construction with a Native American influence, as well as the practicality to be worn in the city. As a result, the sneaker sole was chosen. The Vibram sole compliments the upper, creating an extremely comfortable shoe that is easy and practical to wear.
Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017
Founded in 1998, the Head Porter label is an ongoing collaborative project between Tokyo’s “Yoshida Kaban” and streetwear pioneer Hiroshi Fujiwara. Originally known for the production of premium luggage goods, the Yoshida aesthetic is complimented by Fujiwara’s background in streetwear to produce Head Porter Plus.
With a fairly minimal aesthetic, Head Porter Plus finds beauty in the details, prioritising fabric and construction. The Pocket Sweater is a refined take on a classic garment. Obvious details include the front chest pocket with tonal snap button closure and the cotton/polyester blend fabric that has a slight sheen and silky touch. However, mention must be made to the finer details, including the side split seam on the lower hem and scoop neck collar finishing.
With cooler weather on the way, it’s finally time for beanies and denim. The Norse Projects Beanie is made of 100% lambswool and is available in Marginal Blue and Charcoal Melange. Made in Portugal, the beanie is clean and simple with minimal detailing.
Founded in Tokyo in 1969, Edwin is one of the original Japanese denim brands. As the name suggests, the Rainbow Selvedge ED-55 features a multi-coloured selvedge line on the outer leg seam. As a part of their European division, Edwin incorporate the knowledge gained over past decades to create modern interpretations of their vintage models. The current take on the ED-55 model features a heavily distressed denim with a mid wash, allowing for strong variance in the colour of the garment. As the denim is washed and worn, the indigo colour fades accordingly, creating a whiskered appearance. In this case, a further level of distress is taken, as can be seen in the tearing and patchwork detail that runs down the front of the leg. This has definitely been a store favourite from the current season.
Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017
Known for their minimal aesthetic and exceptional quality, New York label Common Projects have delivered yet another strong season. Accompanied by the classic Achilles and Tournament silhouettes, this season also sees the reinvention of the Derby. The Cadet Derby is inspired by the stock military dress shoe. Constructed of a soft suede upper, this refined take on the classic dress shoe is certainly unique.
Made in Italy, the Cadet Derby sits atop a crepe sole, allowing for a heightened level of comfort and durability. The light coloured sole and canvas heel pull contrast nicely against the deep navy suede, complimenting the signature size and model number located on the back heel.
Friday, 7th April, 2017
The latest collection to arrive in store is from our Canadian friends at Maple Co.
Each season brings a collection of accessories that are heavily influenced by their rugged North American environment alongside reinterpretations of vintage Japanese work wear. Focusing on sustainable materials, quality craftsmanship and functional design, each Maple product adds just that little bit more soul to your story.
The Maple Longtail Keyring comes in solid brass, with Maple’s signature leather and glass beading accents.
This is one of our favourite pieces from the season: the extra long “Star Concho” belt. Designed with extra length to either hang or tuck and finished with a beautiful thick cut yet soft textured cow leather.
A staple for most seasons, the Bolo Bracelet is now available in bold silver coated glass beads with a leather lace core.
Thursday, 6th April, 2017
The Store has seen a lot of new arrivals roll through the door in the past few weeks with a few stand out items. Most notably the latest season Jungle shirts from Wtaps. Wtaps has become renowned for their military inspired collections, with each seasons focus subtly shifting to highlight slightly different fabric makeups and treatments. This seasons Jungle shirt comes with the signature four pocket detail with a sleeve pocket update. Fabrication this season is in a heavier weight cotton chino fabric, that has undergone a wash process to create a heavily worn vintage effect. A classic Wtaps piece that can be worn as an over shirt / jacket, that will only get better with age.
We’ve paired this up with the Edwin Labour pants. This seasons Edwin offering has really impressed, including an expansion of their “Indigo” capsule. This season they have also stepped out of their standard classic pant offering to offer slightly more adventurous takes on classic workwear pieces. The Labour Pants being our stand out favourite. Using their classic Union Slim Work Chino as the inspiration, they’ve used the same fabric as last season, a smooth textured highly durable poly/cotton blend that has a subtle sheen. This season updating the fit with a much fuller straight and slightly cropped leg whilst maintaining the same front workwear pocket details. The most interesting aspect of the pant is the subtle elastic detailing on the back waist band, allowing for a much more comfortable fit and greater movement. Also check the slightly heavier weight indigo dyed version that comes in a beautiful linen textured cotton.
Subtle accessories supplied by the latest seasonal updates from Maple Co. The extra long “Star” Concho belt and wallet chain. Incorporating some luxurious yet hard wearing materials and hardware and all hand crafted in their native Canada. The beauty is in the details.
Wednesday, 5th April, 2017
So in case you missed it, A Love Supreme crew joined forces with Melbourne’s Crown Ruler to celebrate the release of their EP Focus – Zulu. This EP is a remastered and rereleased version of the album’s original 1983. The party was at West End which made for a great dance floor, thanks again to the crew from Ben’s Burgers. Thanks to every one for showing up for a boogie we were feeling the disco and funk vibes all night!
Check out our website for more updates and events from A Love Supreme.
Tuesday, 28th March, 2017
It was on a cold winters day in July of last year that we travelled to Japan to view our very first visvim collection. As we stood outside the showroom in Meguro, a small region of Tokyo, with it’s typically minimal and clean shopfront the space embodied a similar aesthetic to that of their flagship F.I.L. store in GYRE Omotesando, timber floors, antique displays and an all round rustic vibe. We have waited a long eight months to share our experience and we are now proud to announce that the collection has finally arrived in store at Apartment. It is such an honour for us at Apartment to be able to bring one of the most well respected Japanese brands and showcase them here in Brisbane.
Headed by Hiroki Nakamura, visvim is appreciated throughout the industry for being unrelenting in their pursuit of true craftsmanship. Every developmental stage of creating a visvim product is considered, whether is be from the individual craftsmen that contribute to each manufacturing process or to the methods in which their fabrics are sourced and produced; it goes without saying visvim exudes quality.
One of the first pieces to arrive in store from the new visvim collection is from the brand famous ‘Folk’ footwear line. A line that originally started in 2008, ‘Folk’ begun with the concept to produce footwear using natural materials and production techniques. Let us introduce you to the 7-Hole ’73 Folk Boot
The 7-Hole ’73 Folk Boot is hand sewn using good year welt construction. This technique is popularly used by visvim as it avoids the use of adhesives, which allows the natural fabrics to age more freely and also provides functional benefits like greater breathability. Another detail of the ‘73 Fold boot is the use of visvim’s famous vegetable tanned leather, which is a leather tanning technique that again uses natural treatments and techniques rather then the synthetics. This is a process that creates a unique sheen in the leather and allows for the natural patina ageing effect that occurs with the products use and wear.
This boot is finished with a natural cork footbed, a bamboo shank insert for greater shock absorption, natural leather outer paired with air vents for ventilation and a heavy duty RiRi zip for easy access.
The visvim ‘73 Folk Boot is available in two colour waves: black, olive and brown and beige. They tend to be generous with their sizing, so we recommend going down half a size if possible. A friendly reminder that visvim is only available for purchase in store so if you wish to purchase this item please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, 19th March, 2017
Since it’s foundation in 2000 by designer Hiroki Nakamura, visvim has developed a reputation for quality, process and design. In pursuit of timeless beauty, the brand acknowledges the past, using it as a tool for innovation and progression. The brand is based around the idea of finding happiness through creation. It is this concept that serves as the driving force for all visvim design.
Coming soon to Apartment.
Thursday, 16th March, 2017
Ganryu has recently made it’s debut appearance on the Apartment shelves, offering a welcomed point of difference to the store’s brand mix. The brand takes a unique and original approach in reimagining staple garments such as the Dyed Selvedge Denim Jacket. The jacket is made of Japanese selvedge denim, complete with nylon carry strap detail.
No detail is spared, with all things considered, right down to the custom Ganryu buttons.
Continuing with the blues, the Ganryu Pants and Selvedge Denim Jacket are complimented by the Suicoke GGA-V Sandal in navy. With adjustable nylon straps, original EVA footbed and Vibram sole, the GGA-V is built for comfort.
Wednesday, 15th March, 2017
The current range from Carhartt WIP offers a number of classic pieces, including the Michigan Chore Coat. This jacket is constructed from a heavy weight duck canvas fabrication with a blanket lining and corduroy details. True to the brand’s workwear heritage, this jacket it built to last.